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Posted Jul 2010

What is the wisdom and how can you earn it. Are you wiser than someone only because you are older?

Wisdom is deep and wide understanding of the world that we live in. That understanding relates to people, situations, events, habits, rules and things. This understanding helps us to act in a best way in specific situation. Wisdom does not necessarily depends on intellect and education, but is more related to experience, flexibility, willingness to understand others, ability to change and adopt. It is said that wisdom comes with the age.

Although grandmothers tend to have an answer for all, scientists warn us, based on extensive research, that wisdom does not come always with age. The researchers concluded that older people are not necessarily wiser than younger ones and that in some situations, react unreasonable.

Ursula Staudingerm Professor of Psychology at the University of Jacobs in Bremen says that old people cannot accept new things as well as young. "Older people are not open to new experiences, and furthermore over the years become intolerant. This combination is not an indicator of a person of wisdom," Staudinger says. Professor Staudinger is studying the wisdom of since 1985. and conducted many studies.

"Our studies have shown that the wise can be called less than one per cent of population" Staudinger says. This becomes visible in situations when it is necessary to solve problems, since people usually get too emotional. "It is easier to give wise counsel to other than ourselves."

This applies especially to older people. The study showed that older people had worse results than the younger in the evaluation of their virtues and weaknesses. Staudinger argues that this is because in the last phase of life people think about the whole of their life and they try to distinguish the positive events that would keep them from bitterness of bad things. In addition, older people are less critical of themselves, while younger people more easily analyze their life.

The wisdom does not come necessarily with the age. The ability of being wise is not directly related to aging, but to what we experience and how we perceive, memorize and use this experience in the future. Ability to accept changes is very important for the making wise decision. We are living in the age of rapid changes. What was fact yesterday could be obsolete today. Accepting the new things and using the experience from the past can help you in making good decisions.

Do not expect to become wise just because today you are older than yesterday. Do not except to be appreciated by the others, only based on your age. Be wiser by accepting new things and knowledge. Be ready to admit the mistake. Do not reject the opinion of others. Wisdom is the ability that can be learned and improved. It takes time and requires openness, but the result justifies the effort. Be more wise today than you were yesterday



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